A lot of people will poo-poo and tell you that it’s impossible to legally land a job in Hong Kong without a university degree. As it turns out, it’s definitely possible, especially if you’re a native English speaker! (To understand why you can do it legally, check out this article by hongkongvisageeza)   Actually, most […]

We traveled around the Philippines’ northernmost island, Luzon, for under two weeks, checking out an active volcano and the mountains. Most people think of gorgeous beaches when envisioning the Philippines. But of course there’s more than that here. The northern islands’ best attractions are mountains, forests and cooler weather. Since Manila, where we were starting […]

I read an article once with the title “Grieving Someone Alive.” I didn’t find the contents of that article particularly interesting or helpful, but the concept stuck with me. No one really talks about grieving people who are still alive. But it’s a real experience that just about everyone goes through, especially victims of divorce. […]

Having a hard time choosing which islands to visit in the Maldives? With over 200 inhabited islands, it can be hard to narrow it down! Take a look at these local, budget islands to help you choose some of the places you might like to go.

We took a tuk tuk tour through our hostel in Kandy today. Our first stop was at an elephant sanctuary to see retired elephants bathe in the river and go about their daily routine. We chose Millennium Elephant Foundation over Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage for its cheaper entrance fee (1,000 rupees- about US$6.50- vs 2,500.)     […]

  One bright afternoon, on a small island in the middle of the ocean, where palm trees dropped coconuts and crows squawked and played, an ordinary day was taking course. Over calm, emerald water, a ferry glided up to the pier. Three foreign women stepped off, accompanied by a man who lived on the island, […]

In short, I highly recommend taking the slow ferry over to the Gili islands, provided that you like a little adventure and are not super short on time. Here’s our experience: After hearing about the nearby, chilled out specks of land called the Gili islands, my family and I decided to take a trip out […]